The unsung heroes of December’s ice storm were the employees of the U.S. Postal Service who never missed a day, although the private package delivery services faltered that week and throughout the holiday season.
The USPS is funded through postage sales, not tax dollars. It’s one of the few government agencies explicitly authorized in the U.S. Constitution. And yet, after 231 years of steadfast and trustworthy service, Republican lawmakers led by Virginia Rep. Tom Davis III passed the Postal Accountability and Enhancement Act in 2006, which requires the USPS to pre-fund its pension benefits for the next 75 years at a rate of $5.5 billion annually.
It’s a crippling requirement designed to undermine the USPS. No other government agency has to fund pensions for employees not yet born. Instead of enjoying a $1.2 billion surplus — as it should — the USPS is now $20 billion in debt.
Privatization generates great wealth for a few at the expense of the many. Under the Postal Accountability and Enhancement Act, affordable postage is destined to become a historical relic. We must allow the USPS to continue to do what it does better than anyone else.
— Judith Fairly, Weatherford
One of the charges of the U.S. government is to see that mail is delivered. I assume that has changed over the years because it doesn’t seem to be anyone’s responsibility now.
We’re bulk mail users. It’s vital to our business that the mail gets where it’s supposed to be at the right time. We pay higher and higher rates, and get less and less service.
It’s no wonder to me that we’re all searching for alternative ways to have our product delivered. With theft occurring in the post office, we can never be sure that our mail will be delivered.
We’ve gone from the dedicated, historic Pony Express to almost no service at all.
This season has been an example of poorly managed businesses being bailed out by taxpayers.
I hope solutions are soon forthcoming before we lose our mail service altogether.
— Wanda Conlin, Fort Worth